Welcome to Under the Covers, Kelly! We would love to know more about your new series Season for Scandal. Where did you get the inspiration for it?
Thank you so much for having me! Excited to be here and excited to talk a little bit about my new novel!
The inspiration for this series came as I was brainstorming – jotting down some of my favorite and memorable plot twists and turns. As a reader, I love a great scandal to stir the plot and I wanted something good to throw my new heros and heroines into. But then as I was considering the list, I wondered what would happen (that is, would my editor like the idea?) if my heros and heroines weren’t causing the scandals, but controlling them… (as it turned out, my editor liked the idea!)
Tell us more about the first book in the series, DUKE OF MY HEART. It’s definitely a different spin on historical romance, one I personally haven’t read before and that was very refreshing!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and what a lovely compliment! I fully confess to being a huge fan of the TV series Scandal (and find the real life people it’s loosely based on intriguing). In the course of my research, I so often come across historical parallels to the current age of celebrities and gossip tabloids. Regency people may not have had smart phones, but there were a slew of gossip publications, social clubs, and very public figures (or people determined to make themselves such) doing rather entertaining (questionable? outrageous?) things. Shameless social climbing and A-lists were invented long before this century!
What do you think is the biggest strength and weakness of both the hero and heroine of this story?
There isn’t much my heroine hasn’t seen and that has made her a little jaded. At the beginning of this story, she has very little patience or sympathy for my hero or his family. That being said, her biggest strength is her intelligence and ability to think on her feet. My hero’s weakness at the beginning of this tale is his remoteness when it comes to personal relationships. He’s been on his own for a long time and the reasons and motivations behind the debacle that his sister finds herself in are beyond his comprehension. But remote doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. He is unflaggingly loyal to those who come to mean a great deal to him.
If you had to go on a voyage to an unknown place for an undetermined amount of time, which fictional characters would you like to take with you on your trip?
OK, if we’re going somewhere unknown with a fictional character, I’m packing my stuff aboard the Millennium Falcon and hiring Han Solo. Yes, I know, probably not a very good answer from a historical writer, but who wouldn’t want a chance to drive a spaceship through an asteroid field at least once? And with the closest thing to a space cowboy fiction has to offer?
We are always interested in hearing an author’s writing process. Can you share what makes up a typical writing day is for you?
I try to get as much done during the day as possible when my boys are at school. Though on any given day, you might find me writing at the rink, the pool, the soccer complex, or anywhere else I get a chance to write. I’ve been known to write more than a few chapters in the front seat of my truck!
What’s the last book that kept you up all night reading under the covers?
The last book that made me loose sleep was Theresa Romaine’s The Sport of Baronets. Aside from the fact that she’s an amazing writer, this story has racehorses (I’m a horse nut) and an enemies-to-lovers trope I adored.
This is our historical romance week, A Scandalous Affair, and we are always curious …. Why historical romance? What is about the genre that you chose to tell your stories there?
I have always loved history. Before I became a romance writer (and before that a veterinary physiologist), I was convinced that I would be an archaeologist. I love exploring the past and the phenomenal people who have helped shape history. And as I grew older, my favorite books were (and still are) those that have taken a historical event and made it come alive through a fictional telling.
And lastly, what is your favorite historical romance (book or author)?
Good heavens, where to start? It’s impossible to name one. But I’ll list three of some of my favorite that are on my keeper shelf: Defiant by Kris Kennedy, Mariana by Susanna Kearsley, & The Last Arrow by Marsha Canham.
by Kelly Bowen
Released: January 26th 2016
Series: Season for Scandal #1
Published by Forever
Scandal can be handled...
Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl—quite inconveniently deceased—tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.
Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she's somehow...flawless. It's just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected—yet absolutely true.